Suicide Squad

I confess that a) I have not seen Suicide Squad, b) the trailer left me with no desire to see it, and c) I still can’t remember which comic characters are Marvel and which are DC, let alone what they did in their last movie.  That said, I did find Deadpool a guilty pleasure, so maybe this would be fun. Meanwhile, let’s look at the ratings.

It’s PG across Canada, except Quebec, but there is no PG there, so this is as consistent as we can get. All agree it’s not for young children, and language and violence are the concerns. Both within and outside Canada, agencies aren’t sure whether there is any sexually suggestive content. South of the border the rating is up a notch, as usual.

Other agencies are split, with some recommending no children (Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa), some requiring adult accompaniment for younger children (Ireland, Brazil), and some prohibiting young children (United Kingdom, New Zealand). Hong Kong offers two versions, both with the same rating, but one apparently removes the coarse language.

Area Classification Advisory Additional Information
Maritimes pg Parental guidance is advised. Theme or content may not be suitable for all children. Violence
Not Recommended for Young Children
Language May Offend
Quebec generalq The film is appropriate for viewing, rental or purchase by persons of all ages. Déconseillé aux jeunes enfants Le sort de l’humanité repose entre les mains d’une armada de crapules de la pire espèce. Inspirée de l’univers sombre des bandes dessinées de DC Comics, cette œuvre réunit les ennemis habituels de Superman et de Batman dans une aventure fantastique qui mettra en valeur leurs dons individuels. Malgré son humour et sa fantaisie, cette production présente des affrontements, parfois intenses, avec des créatures qui pourraient heurter la sensibilité des jeunes enfants.
Ontario pg Parental Guidance is advised. Theme or content may not be suitable for all children. Violence
Language May Offend
Not Recommended for Young Children
– Scenes containing some grotesque images in a fantasy, comedic or historic context
– Use of expletives
– Mild sexual references
– Limited use of slurs
– Scenes that may cause a child brief anxiety, or fear
– Embracing and kissing
– Mild sexual innuendo
– Restrained portrayals of non-graphic violence
Manitoba pg
Theme and content may not be suitable for all children.
Not Recommended For Young Children
Language May Offend
– slurs/sexual references
– use of expletives/profanity
– frequent non explicit violence
– torture
– scenes may cause children brief anxiety/fear
– alcohol use
Alberta pg Parental guidance is advised. Theme or content may not be suitable for all children. Violence
Frightening Scenes
Not Recommended For Young Children
Synopsis: Action/Fantasy. Based on characters from DC Entertainment. A government agent (Viola Davis) prepares for super-powered threats by assembling a group of criminals (Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and a soldier (Joel Kinnaman) to fight for her.

Content Elements: Frequent use of scatological slang; infrequent use of cursing, profanity, and vulgar expressions. Frequent portrayals of gun, weapons, and hand-to-hand violence in a genre context – little blood or detail. Infrequent portrayals of transformations and frightening imagery in a genre context – little detail. Infrequent portrayals of alcohol use in a recreational context – little detail.

Thematic Elements:
– Unlikely alliances
– Distrust of authority
– Moral relativity

Classification Rationale: Rated PG for genre violence, frightening scenes, and coarse language.

British Columbia pg Parental guidance advised. Theme or content may not be suitable for all children although there is no age restriction. violence; coarse language The following were determinative to the classification decision:
Several scenes of violence depicting weapons, injury and/or physical assault;
– Approximately 30 instances of coarse language.
Suicide Squad does not contain nudity or sexually suggestive scenes.
MPAA (U.S.A.)  PG-13 Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language.
BBFC bbfc_15_150px-height_0 Under 15 not admitted. sustained threat, moderate violence Some versions of this film are displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find them a more intense experience

SUICIDE SQUAD is a fantasy action thriller about a group of super villains who are recruited by a secret government agency to carry out dangerous missions.

Threat: Scenes of threat occur regularly throughout. These include characters in prison facing harsh discipline and punishment, and other characters being placed in life-endangering situations in the course of conflicts between good and evil factions embedded in the story. In spite of the obvious fantasy and comedic elements, the sustained sense of threat gives a dark and sometimes unsettling tone to the action, with some characters displaying a relish in their potential to cause pain and mayhem. Threat also takes the form of horror in the appearance and actions of characters with supernatural powers.

Violence: There are scenes of violence, which mainly take the form of sustained set-piece battles characterised by noisy, explosive action. More personalised violence is also present – for example, the cold-blooded shooting of a character. The violence is generally undetailed and lacking in bloodshed or aftermath injury detail. The most notable damage to combatants is incurred by an army of fantastical statue warriors which disintegrate into chunks and clouds of dust after receiving impacts during fights and battles. There is also a focus on weapons such as guns, knives and baseball bats throughout.

There is infrequent strong language (‘f**k’), with milder bad language including uses of ‘bitch’, ‘dickhead’, ‘balls’, ‘crap’, ‘shit’ and ‘ass’. There are also infrequent moderate sex references.

Australia m-au Recommended for Mature Audiences Fantasy themes, violence and coarse language australia
Ireland 15afilm-ireland Appropriate for viewers of fifteen and over. However, they can also be seen by younger children – provided they are accompanied by an adult who has deemed the film appropriate viewing for that child. ireland
New Zealand labels-r13-373-nz Under 13 not admitted.  VHC  Violence, Horror, and Cruelty
Hong Kong IIA Not Suitable for Children Contains frequent mild violence and shocking scenes – 115 minutes
Contains frequent mild violence and shocking scenes,and coarse language – 123 minutes
South Africa 10-12PG
 Not suitable for under 10; 10-12 parental guidance recommended Language, Violence Language: Mild to Moderate, Fairly Frequent
Nudity: None
Prejudice: None
Sex: None
Violence: Mild to Moderate, Frequent
Blasphemy: None
Drug Abuse: None
Comments: Complex and mature themes in a fantastical context relating to superpowers, crime, covert missions, terrorism, teamwork, redemption and good vs. evil. Such theme could be upsetting, confusing or disturbing to viewers under 10, while those ages 10-12 would benefit from parental guidance.
Brazil Brazil - 1212
Adult accompaniment required for children under 12 Violence,
Inappropriate Language, Sexual Content
See comments for credit.

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4 thoughts on “Suicide Squad”

  1. Hi, I appreciate the work you do! I see that there isn’t any South American classification authority in your reviews. Are you interested in putting information from Brazil’s (I am from there)? I could help translating it and explaining the rules.

    1. Thanks. I’d be happy to add Brazil’s rating – you can let me know what it is, and the meaning, in a comment.

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